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  • Fri, 1785-07-29

    *The birth of Jean Louis in 1785 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black French fencer and teacher.

    From Haiti, Louis was arguably...

  • Wed, 1785-09-28

    One this date, the Registry remembers the birth of David Walker in 1785. He was a Black abolitionist and publisher.

    Born in Wilmington, N...

  • Mon, 1786-09-04

    *The birth of Jehu Jones, Jr. in 1786 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave and minister.

    From Charleston, SC, he was named...

  • Sun, 1787-05-06

    On this date in 1787, Prince Hall, a Revolutionary War veteran, organized the Negro Masonic Order in the United States African Lodge No. 459, in...

  • Sun, 1787-05-20

    This date in 1787 recalls the Rankin House, a pivotal point of shelter for many Black slaves escaping bondage before emancipation.

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  • Thu, 1787-06-28

    The birth of Black Seminole warrior Abraham is celebrated on this date in 1787. He was an African Native American soldier and politician.

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  • Sat, 1787-06-30

    The Underground Railroad, the organization which helped escaped African slaves from the South on their journey to freedom in the North and Canada...

  • Wed, 1787-07-11

    John Quincy Adams was born on this date in 1767. He was a White American diplomat, politician, opponent of slavery, and the sixth president of...

  • Thu, 1787-07-12

    On this date in 1787, the Three-fifths Compromise was enacted. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that year accepted a...

  • Thu, 1788-04-10

    William Paul Quinn was born on this date in 1788. He was a Black religious leader and the fourth Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church...

  • Thu, 1788-04-24

    The birth of William Cuffay in 1788 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black tailor, and politician.

    From Chatham, Kent in England his...

  • Sun, 1789-01-04

    Benjamin Lundy was born on this date in 1789. He was a White American abolitionist and news publisher.

    He was from Sussex County, New...

  • Thu, 1789-01-29

    *The birth of Saartjie Baartman in 1789 is celebrated on this date. She was a South African entertainer and objectified Black woman.

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  • Mon, 1789-06-15

    This date marks the birth of Josiah Henson in 1789. He was an 18th century Black abolitionist.

    The first anti-slavery law in Canada was...

  • Fri, 1789-08-21

    Thomas Garrett was born on this date in 1789. He was a White American businessman and abolitionist.

    The son of a farmer from Delaware...

  • Sat, 1790-10-23

    On this date in 1790, the first slave revolt in Haiti took place.

    The island was settled in the 1600s by French buccaneers. In 1664, the...

  • Sun, 1791-07-17

    On this date in 1791, the groundbreaking for the Bethel AME Church of Philadelphia occurred. Mother Bethel Church (as it is called) was a stop on...

  • Tue, 1791-08-23

    On this date, the world recognizes International Day for the Remembrance and Abolition of the Slave Trade.

    The International Day fis...

  • Wed, 1792-04-04

    *Thaddeus Stevens was born on this date in 1792. He was a White American abolitionist. Stevens was born in Danville, Vermont.

    After...

  • Thu, 1792-04-26

    *The birth of John Bathan Vashon in 1792 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black seaman, businessman and abolitionist.

    Vashon was...